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This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Friday, September 18, 2009

First year, off and running

This is my first year in the classroom as a high school teacher so I don't have a reference for last year. I would like to share some of the challenges and successes that I have experience during my past 1.5 months in the classroom. I absolutely love teaching! It is proving to be the most challenging and rewarding career that I have experienced. During the past month, I am learning to respect the advice of my mentor (Ms. Chillis) that I am working to hard. My students are eager to participate in the activities associated with classroom management and the standards based classroom. I have delegated task to the students that have proven to be both motivating for them and tension releasing for me. My students have eagerly taken on the task of completing the word wall with word collages that challenge their capacity to think outside the box and analyze the meaning of the words when finding images to create the word meaning.
I am so thankful that I attended NTI this summer and I have seen success with the many strategies that were introduced to control the climate of the classroom. The "To do--To know" structure of the objective has been extremely useful as well because the students simply want to know "what am I suppose to do". I keep my notebook handy and I plan to continue to incorporate the strategies that I am learning along away.


Ginger said...


I am so glad to hear things are going well over all. I am glad that your students are enjoying the responsibilities that you have given them. My students are not responding so well so if you have any suggestions on your approach, I will gladly take them. It is so helpful if you can get them to do some things. I am intrigued by the word wall with word collages. I have been wanting to do something with the main words we use but am not sure how to get it started. Once again, I will taken any ideas. I hate that you are working so much but as I was told and it is definitely true, all first year teachers must go through it. The great thing for me is that I am seeing slowly but surely improvements. I think I thought everything would be solved by this year but I still see GREAT 10 year teachers having a tough time with everything.

I am so glad that you are doing well and I look forward to hearing more from you.

Suzette said...


The word wall has worked well. I must admit I had 5 students today that flat out said--I'm not doing it. They all volunteered to be removed from my class (see my blog post this week) and that was a relief. I am listening to a lot of seasoned teachers for ideas to keep them engaged. One teacher recommended open notebook test to make sure they are engaged during the mini lecture. I think it sent a good message to the class that I used it on. My next lecture was "all eyes on me" .
I still don't have a lab and that is extremely exhausting because there is only so much we can do without lab activity. I sent out an "SOS" to my fellow HSTE instructors in my county and they are all chiming in to give support.

Well, good luck to you. We will see what each week brings. I like this format!